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Nigeria, Srilanka to partner on youth empowerment

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Boni HarunaABUJA (Youth Development Ministry Report) – The Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna has said that the Nigerian Government is willing to partner with the Sri Lankan Government towards harnessing the rich potentials of the youth.He disclosed this when he received in audience the High Commissioner of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, A. S. P. Liyanage on a courtesy call to his office recently.
 
Boni Haruna expressed the interest of the Ministry to collaborate with Sri Lanka in the area of capacity building and entrepreneurial development, in order to empower and uplift the teeming youths in Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Adding, youths with requisite skills contribute to the wealth of nations.
 
The Minister emphasized that about 60 percent of the Nigerian population is made up of youths who are vibrant, resourceful and dynamic; indicating that this calls for concerted efforts from Government at all levels, contribution from well meaning individuals as well as voluntary organizations to groom the them as the future leaders of the nation. He continued that unemployment among the youth is one of the most challenging problems facing Nigeria. “The Nigerian Government, he said will welcome any deliberate effort by the Sri Lankan Government to share ideas and experiences on the best ways to solving this.
 
Speaking earlier, the High Commissioner of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, A. S. P. Liyanage disclosed that the purpose of his visit was to invite the Minister to the forthcoming World Conference on Youth2014 scheduled in Colombo, Sri Lanka from May 6 -10, 2014.
 
In another development, some officials of the Nigerian Centenary Celebration led by its National Coordinator, Chuks Chilaka visited the Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna to congratulate him on his appointment as Minister. 

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